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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Finding an ample supply of flesh on display at the Slipper Room is a given — but whether it’s shocking or sexy is purely in the eye, and quite often the groin, of the beholder. That’s what makes the decadent burlesque venue such a good match for the brief run of […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Stare into a champagne flute and you’ll find little beyond a fleet of rising bubbles and the prospect of a momentary buzz — but sink your peepers down a glass of whisky after a few lusty swigs, and the dark brown liquid becomes a portal to “blurry, sloppy, boozy and blind” […]

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BY SEAN EGAN  |  Making year-end lists is something of a difficult and arbitrary task, as comparing the relative quality of radically different films against each other becomes an exercise in trying to pick apples over oranges. That being said, 2014 seems to be an even more difficult year than most to write a “best […]

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BY NORMAN BORDEN  |  Chances are the Terminal Bar wasn’t what Frank Sinatra had in mind when he famously sang, “It’s quarter to three, there’s no one in the place except you and me.” Nah, the Terminal Bar was a dump, a real dive and a hell of a watering hole that some called “the […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER THE POETRY PROJECT’S 41st ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY MARATHON BENEFIT READING Founded in 1966 by the late Paul Blackburn — when displaced Lower East Side coffeehouse poets were welcomed into the St. Marks Church artist/activist fold — The Poetry Project’s mission to “promote, foster and inspire the reading and writing of contemporary […]

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Curated by Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson, the Special Effects festival is a brick and mortar articulation of their online Contemporary Performance Network — a forum where artists, presenters, scholars and festival organizers can meet, share work and collaborate. Contemporary Performance fest burns bright for three nights This three-day event at the Wild Project gathers […]

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BY SEAN EGAN   |  This biopic has the strange distinction of being both one of the most and least Tim Burton-y movies Tim Burton has ever made. Signs of the goth-king auteur’s favorite themes and visual motifs abound from the opening sequence, depicting thousands of art posters being printed — a sight immediately reminiscent […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM Performed in a house known for being visited by considerably more than three ghosts, this Summoners Ensemble production of “A Christmas Carol” is faithful to Charles Dickens’ vision of how his 1843 novella should be presented to live audiences. Based on the author’s own […]

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BY MAX BURBANK  (maxburbank.wordpress.com)  |  It’s been 50 years since Rankin/Bass gave the world “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Like the song says, he “went down in history” along with Clarice and Hermey and Yukon Cornelius and that one really tall elf with the glasses. But what happened to them after that? Where are they now? […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Like the game she must master in order to beat a condescending rival, metaphor-hating math whiz Maxine “Max” Kuftinec’s winning strategy for overcoming a series of recent upheavals hinges on learning how to move one step at a time, while keeping her eye on the big picture. It’s a life lesson […]

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